HWMA EUREKA/ARCATA – Officials announced the lawsuit filed against the Humboldt Waste Management Authority (HWMA) by the Arcata Community Recycling Center has been settled. To resolve stated allegations, an agreement was reached between parties that the complaint would be dismissed with prejudice, effectively ending the lawsuit. The lawsuit began October 24, 2011 and concerned long-running…
These facilities will be closed effective at the close of business January 14, with the layoff of all processing center employees to follow.
The Arcata Community Recycling Center (ACRC) has lost recyclables from the greater Arcata area as the county will send them elsewhere in anticipation of ACRC’s self-announced mid-January closure.
All ACRC facilities will operate normally through the end of this year. Arcata drop-off, buy-back, and Thrift Store are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. ACRC’s Samoa facility will accept materials from curbside programs, Humboldt State University and trade accounts through early January 2012.
Some observers of the situation view that as a move toward local control of recycling while others think it’s an attempted bail-out of a fiscally weakened ACRC.
There is a need, and clearly community concern, that our local waste and recycling infrastructure remain intact and grow stronger; and the HWMA needs more time to figure out how to achieve that.
I call it Loophole Recycling. It’s a loophole for local governments that have not been able to comply with state mandated goals for landfill diversion. In the proposal to transport in a single-stream to Willits, it is especially “loophole recycling” because it must be dumped twice and is further contaminated.
City Manager Randy Mendosa will ask the City Council next week to hire alternate counsel to handle legal matters pertaining to recycling.
Attend the Thursday, April 14 HWMA board meeting to express your concern. This is a time for local elected officials to put their money where their mouths were and keep the value-added jobs of processing recyclables local. We should not give away our jobs and future business development for a “few cents on the dollar.”
And the ACRC alleges that the RFP process is unfair, as the Intelliwaste study “disclosed all of ACRC’s operational costs and revenues in a public document.”